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The Drum Awards Festival guide: key dates, show details and nominations

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By The Drum, Editorial

November 27, 2023 | 7 min read

Everything you need to know about the annual celebration of the best work, companies and people in marketing and media, which begins today.

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The Drum is gearing up for our annual Awards Festival, broadcast live to the world from our studio in London. During the two-week-long event at The Drum Labs, we will host 15 award ceremonies rewarding the industry’s finest campaigns and the masterminds behind them.

The whole event will be broadcast live on thedrum.com, starting Monday 27 November. Here are all the details.

Want to be at the live awards shows? Get tickets here.

When and where does it take place?

Put the date in your diary: Monday, November 27 to Friday, December 8

Where: The Drum Labs, 25-27 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3LT

The event will bring the best in class from across the industry to The Drum Labs, our very own bar, event and film studio in central London. The ceremonies will also be broadcast live to a global audience on thedrum.com.

What are the 15 competitions and when do they take place?

  • The Drum Awards for Experience: ceremony on November 27 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Search: ceremony on November 28 (1330 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Social Media: ceremony on November 28 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Design & Metaverse: ceremony on November 29 (13:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for B2B: ceremony on November 29 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Media: ceremony on November 30 (13:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Digital Industries: ceremony on November 30 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Social Purpose: ceremony on December 4 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Creativity: ceremony on December 5 (13:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Out of Home: ceremony on December 5 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Content: ceremony on December 6 (13:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising: ceremony on December 6 (19:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for PR: ceremony on December 7 (13:30 GMT)
  • The Drum Awards for Agency Business: ceremony on December 7 (19:30 GMT)

Who judged the work?

Preparing to review and award this year’s entries is a stellar panel of nearly 900 judges, including top marketers from PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Jaguar Land Rover, Mars, Glossier, Droga5, WPP, Publicis, Dentsu and more. You can find a list of judges for each competition here.

Who’s in the running for trophies?

The finalists for this year’s awards were announced on thedrum.com in October.

Gordon Young, co-founder of The Drum, said: “Entries to this year’s awards exceeded all expectations, while deliberations on who should be crowned winner in each category proved challenging for our panels of judges.”

You can find nominations for each award program below.

What does it mean for the winners?

Entering your work into The Drum Awards Festival is not just a chance to take home a coveted gong.

The annual World Creative Rankings – which benchmark the agencies, advertisers, campaigns and people most awarded in the ad industry’s major global awards shows in the previous calendar year – are compiled by exhaustively analyzing the performance of thousands of pieces of creative work that won at 19 major industry awards programs, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios and The Drum Awards.

That means that winning work across any of the categories at The Drum Awards Festival will contribute to your and your agency’s ranking.

“The World Creative Rankings are the definitive guide to the best agencies, brands and individual talent in the advertising industry. Inclusion on the list can make careers,” says Young. “So, it really is a no-brainer to enter your best work into The Drum Awards to improve your chance of making it on to the 2023 rankings.”

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